August 2021 Wrap-Up

Before I even get into any actual monthly updates, let me take a moment to apologize for my inactivity last month! I was crazy busy for the entirety of August, so I had very little time to read and even less time to blog.

Why was I so busy, might you ask? Well… *takes a deep breath* A couple weeks ago, I returned to normal, in-person classes for the first time in what feels like forever! It was… wild, to say the least. Seeing everyone on campus after months of online learning was so surreal, especially since we’ve all changed so much over the past year and a half. But overall, I’m so glad to be back. Zoom school took a major toll on my mental health, and even though I’ve only been taking in-person classes for a few weeks now, I’m already feeling happier and more energized.

The only downside is that classwork, homework, and extracurriculars now take up nearly all of my time, and like I mentioned above, I barely got the chance to read anything last month! I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading over the weekends, but I’m still not at all close to reading as much as I did over summer break, or even over those many months of lockdown.

Not having tons of free time to read and blog has been a really difficult adjustment for me, not gonna lie. But hey, it is what is it.

I only read three books last month, but two of them were really memorable ones! Let’s take a look:

Total Number of Books Read: 3 The Broken Ones eBook : Jensen, Danielle L.: Kindle Store

The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen: Out of the three books I read last month, The Broken Ones was definitely my least favorite. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like it, since prequels are usually not my thing. But I still held out hope that it would surprise me… After all, Danielle L. Jensen is one of my all time favorite authors. But while The Broken Ones certainly wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t all that great either. Both of the leading characters were so lovesick and naive that they were borderline unbearable to read about, and their romance was incredibly underdeveloped as well. The only thing that really kept me invested in the book was the political intrigue, which has always been one of my favorite aspects of DLJ’s writing. But other than that, there wasn’t much else I liked about The Broken Ones. I’ll stick to the original Malediction series, thanks! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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All the Light We Cannot See - Wikipedia

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: It”s been far too long since I’ve read some good historical fiction, and Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel was the perfect book to satisfy that need! This story is tragic, heartbreaking, and beautiful, and it’s guaranteed to have you feeling all the feels. The beginning of the book was a tad slow, but it didn’t take long for me to get completely sucked into it! Doerr truly has some of the most stunning prose I’ve ever read, and I couldn’t help but fall deeply in love with his wonderfully crafted characters. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this gem of a novel up! Rating: ★★★★☆

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is wbe2417_004-e1587422423618.jpg Six Crimson Cranes: 9781529356557: Lim, Elizabeth: Books

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim: I absolutely adored Elizabeth Lim’s Blood of the Stars duology, so you can imagine how stoked I was to pick up the first book in her newest series: Six Crimson Cranes! I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Blood of the Stars, but it was still very entertaining. I loved the characters and magic system so much, and I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the next book after that MASSIVE cliffhanger! Rating: ★★★★☆

July 2021 Wrap-Up

This month, I want to focus on improving my time management skills so I’m able to read more. I’m hoping to finish six or seven books by the end of September, but we’ll see how it goes. Some of the books I want to read this month are My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin, Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and my ARC of Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber!

What books did you read in August? Be sure to let me know down below in the comment section! I hope you all had a fantastic month!

Until next time,

10 thoughts on “August 2021 Wrap-Up

  1. Eliza Eames says:

    I’m currently reading Six Crimson Cranes and loving it so far! Very keen to see what will happen next! Hopefully I enjoy it as much as you do. Definitely curious about Elizabeth Lim’s other works though!

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  2. Alexandra says:

    Okay first of all, I actually think you CRUSHED it this month, Octavia! I can’t even imagine how stressful it would be to return to class after months of remote learning. I would be so overwhelmed! You’d literally see me rocking in a corner sobbing bahaha! The fact that you were able to read ANYTHING while juggling school work and face-to-face learning is a HUGE achievement. YOU GO GIRL! 🙌🙌🙌

    Secondly I can’t wait for you to read Daisy Jones & The Six – it’s such a GOOD book [although I did love Malibu Rising and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo a little more – I’m a California beach baby at heart]. Prepare yourself for all the Fleetwood Mac vibes! [Also prepare the tissues]. It’s actually the perfect book to read while adjusting to class because it’s told in the form of interviews so the pages just sail.

    Have an amazing reading month bestie! 💙💙💙

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Thank you so much for the support, bestie! Our Gods & Monsters buddy read has made school so much more tolerable– I love being able to tune everything out and read in between classes! Exchanging thoughts and reactions has been so much fun!

      I’m SUPER excited for Daisy Jones & the Six. I love love LOVE Evelyn Hugo, so my expectations are SKY HIGH. Malibu Rising is also on my list, so I’m happy to hear you enjoyed that one as well!


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